We had Caron this week (she couldn’t make last week) and as her character doesn’t appear until act 2, we jumped to act 2, scene 1. What a scene!
It’s quite complex because the dialogue is pretty dense in the beginning laying the path for the final part of the scene which is more physical. I (Annie) come on as Ruth and Tom are finishing a hugely convoluted conversation where she is trying to tell him to give Annie compliments, and instead he thinks Ruth is telling him she loves him. Then when Ruth goes Tom confesses that Ruth fancies him … Not the sharpest tool in the box, my stage boyfriend! So wonderfully written it’s a joy to play with. (In fact since the rehearsal on Monday I’ve learnt 3 pages of script already, it is so frustrating not being able to stretch yourself at rehearsal that the chore becomes… well I won’t say not a chore, because it’s as boring as hell, but you get motivated by the idea of being able to really get stuck in. Well, I do any way… !)
The second part of the scene is a ball game (I am not the most coordinated of people so this will be very interesting when we start introducing a ball to rehearsals) followed by a conversation. In the back ground of the conversation Annie (me) and Norman get into a clinch, Tom sees this and retaliates with Ruth.
Physical acting is great fun but extremely time consuming to work out and rehearse, it all needs choreographing so that it looks good. We gave the game and then the-manoeuvring-of-Annie-by-Norman a basic frame that works really well. We’ll add to it in the weeks to come as Peg, the director gets ideas, and as we become familiar with what we are doing and with the lines.
Oh, boy! Karma really came to get me in this bit!
In two of the plays I’ve directed I’ve had characters being shoved against walls in fights. This time, it’s me that gets shoved against a wall, but not in a fight, I get shoved romantically! And, sod’s law, the two actors I’ve shoved against walls are my cast mates: Jeff (he plays Reg, my stage brother) and Mike (Norman, who does the shoving)! On top of it all I learnt that said walls are damn cold, shudder. Ain’t pay back a bitch! lol!
Oh and Reg is SO annoying – well played Jeff – almost cringeworthy, it’s wonderful, and to make it worse, Peg had the idea that he needs an irritating laugh. Genius!
Today is New Year’s Eve so I’ll wish you all an early Happy New Year!
We’ve been slacking it the last three weeks due to the festive season, so we kick off 2015 with the start of the usual two rehearsals a week which will mean twice the fun!